Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I'm Moving! An Etsy Wishlist

I announced it on Facebook, but haven't quite put it everywhere yet that I'm moving to San Francisco! It's going to be kind of a hectic couple of weeks until we get out there, but I can't help but have my eye on anything I see related to California or the Bay Area. I decided to make and share a little Etsy wishlist of some of my favorite things I've seen so far. 

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Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kids Art Hexie Pillows

I've been involved in dozens of class projects for school auctions over the last few years. This year I had to make an auction item for the classroom I actually teach in and I think I made my favorite item yet! Hexie pillows featuring the kids artwork! It certainly was not an original idea as I've seen a few things like this on Instagram, but I'm so so happy with how my variation came out!


First I let various kids in the class decorate premade hexies with a permanent fabric pen. The kids in my classroom range from ages 3-6 so I tried to let as many as possible make a hexie or two. Sometimes I would turn my head for a minute and one kid would have suddenly decorated a dozen of them, but I managed incorporate about half the class on the finished product. Some of them are obvious objects or words from the older children and some are just scribbles from the youngest children. The scribbly ones are kinda my favorite!



I love them so much it was hard to drop them off at school! I have several leftover hexies so I might be able to make something else to incorporate the extras and have a personal item to remember these special little people.




The green one below might be my ultimate favorite! I love the little hair! And those uneven legs! Kids artwork is just the absolute best.


This was easily one of the most fun things I have ever made and I hope to have the opportunity to do something like this again in the future. I'm definitely adding it to my repertoire of auction projects available through Made With Moxie!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

30 Day Creativity Challenge: In Conclusion

January has ended and so has the Bee Creative Swaps 30 Day Creativity Challenge. For a lot of reasons, I didn't get to everything on the challenge. I'm okay with that. For starters, I got the flu that just completely knocked me on my fanny and put me about a week behind on life. I'm sure a lot of other people participating didn't do every single item on the list either. My goal was to keep a creative focus, participate in a few new activities, and push myself for new inspiration. I can honestly say I've accomplished that and now have a lot of ideas for what to do next. I even did a few extra things like finished a book and started a new one, started a new challenge that I'll be talking about soon, and found some great ideas for the Viva La Frida Swap that will be opening in March! To wrap it all, here's a summary of what I did during the course of the challenge. I skipped over the ones I didn't do, because...why dwell on it?

1. Visit a museum, gallery, or local art festival
Okay so it wasn't quite an "art festival" but it was very creatively inspiring! I went to PAX South last weekend and soaked in a ton of inspiration for doing some cosplay in the future. Cosplay is something that I think I would've been into earlier in life, but I honestly had never really heard of it until college. It's just a part of nerd culture I didn't really know existed, but as someone who would already obsess over dressing up Halloween I feel like cosplay has just been waiting for me.


2. Watch a documentary about a(n) artist(s)
Finding Vivian Maier was so good! Her life was fascinating and only a tiny bit disturbing. Most importantly, her photographs were beautiful! I highly recommend checking this one out on Netflix.


3. Research an artist
I spent a little time researching more about Andy Warhol. I know it seems like such a mainstream artist to go with, but I actually didn't know a ton about him. I have to say, as a human he's not really my cup of tea nor am I a huge fan of any of his "superstars," but I'm glad I forced myself to learn something new about someone besides Frida Kahlo for once :-)

4. Create something handmade and give it to someone, 15. Make a card for someone you love
I did this! I swear! I just made things that I can't share because it's for a family member who follows me on social media and I'm not sure if they'll see this. I'm excited to post once I've given it to them!

5. Sign up for an art class or workshop
My original plan for this was to sign up for a class on a new technique at the Stitch Lab, but they're closing at the end of February and scaling back on their classes accordingly. Super bummed about that, but, in the meantime, my mother-in-law bought me the cutest book! It's a great supplement to taking a quilting class and I hope to learn a few new quilting techniques along the way.


6. Take something from a thrift store and turn it into something new
This one was super fun! I turned this old t-shirt into a tank top using this book I've had since high school as a resource. The shirt wasn't a from a thrift store, but I really didn't need to drag anything else home. I have plenty of works-in-progress here!



8. Doodle for 10 minutes straight, 24. Close your eyes and draw for five minutes, & 25. Draw yourself as a cartoon
I've had this book for a few years now, but have only the first few pages. This creativity challenge was a great time to break it back out again and I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of the year! Most of the drawing challenges I did within the book, but didn't photograph everything. 


9. Frame something you have been meaning to frame
So true story, bought a plexiglass frame and it was broken once I got it home. I returned it, but decided to try and buy frames from a different store and haven't got back around to it yet. "A" for effort?

14. Go to a movie, play, or concert.
I'm pretty proud of this one. I'm a huge homebody and don't really like going out to bars and hate going places after work as I'm usually exhausted. I could've easily picked the movie out of the 3 choices, but I went to live music! With other humans! In a public place! On a week night!

16. Make an inspiration board for a future project
Oh lawwwwd you don't have to tell me twice. I am a huge fan of making inspiration boards and Pinterest boards. You can follow me on Pinterest here!


18. Make origami


This one sort of fell into my lap. One of the kids at my work donated this really cute origami book that has instructions at the end on how to make an origami ladybug. For a few days, all the kids were obsessed and I spent half my mornings holding down creases and reminding them where to fold. It's an adorable book called More-Igami and you can check it out here


21. Find a new art blog or inspiring podcast to subscribe to
I really love this podcast! I'm sort of "new" to podcasts in that I didn't really start listening until about a year and a half ago. I didn't really get it. I tried listening to a few that Ari liked, but they didn't hold my interest. I finally found a few that I love and Dear Handmade Life has been permanently added to my rotation!  It's about two entrepreneurial and crafty ladies who interview experts ranging from craft shows to recipes to fashion. It's really up my alley and I highly recommend it!

22. Share a link to your favorite artists work

Of course (!!!) it had to be Frida! See the post here

23. Create an inspiring workspace in your home

27. Finish a work-in-progress you've had sitting around for a while
Okay this one is HUGE. I started working on this dress in May 2013. I cut the fabric out and it's been sitting in a pile for almost FOUR YEARS! I just keep shuffling it around to get to other things I'd rather be working on. I decided to use this challenge to finally finish this sucker. I feel accomplished to have finished it, but now that it's done...I don't actually like it. I bought the pattern when I still new to sewing because it looked easy but not because it was my style. It was definitely interesting to see how far I've come!


28. Listen to a new artist or album. Music can inspire you!
Finally listened to Port of Morrow by The Shins in it's entirety. It may not be "new" but it was new to me and and has been on regular rotation during the month of January.


29. Color in a coloring book
I hope this whole coloring book thing never goes away. I actually keep a little stash of these books that I found at Target a while back and occasionally use them as gifts. Side story... when I went to the art supplies store to buy colored pencils for some quilt planning sketches a few months ago, they had a really limited selection. When I asked the clerk what was up, he told me that adult coloring books have been so popular they can barely keep the full spectrum of colored pencils in stock. This is a problem that I am totally okay with.

30. Purge something to make space for new ideas.
Yes. Doing this all the time. I have been dropping stuff off at donation places, second hand stores, and used book stores. I know this was a single action item, but I've been doing a little bit almost every day! 

That's everything I did! When I look at it all spread out like this, it kinda feels like a lot even though it went by so quickly and I missed doing a few things. To see more of what other folks completed for the challenge check out #beecreative30days on IG for follow @beecreativeswaps.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Now Open: New Etsy Shop!






Okay so "new" may be a bit of a stretch, but I rebranded by Etsy shop under the Made With Moxie name and am back to the grind. I used to be super active on Etsy and have so much leftover from The Morose Bee shop days. I plan to keep selling some of the same jewelry as well as incorporating other areas from Made With Moxie such as canvas paintings. From now on pretty much anything I monetize will be under Made With Moxie and The Morose Bee title will just be something for fun stuff. Check out the shop here!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Challenge Feature: no. 22 Share A Link To Your Favorite Artists Work


 Surprise surprise! My favorite artist is Frida Kahlo and pretty much any opportunity to share her artwork is okay with me. To learn more about the 30 Day Creativity Swap then click here or check out of a few links on Frida here, here, and here. Only a few weeks until the Viva La Frida swap opens again!





Saturday, January 21, 2017

Challenge Feature: no. 23 Create an Inspiring Workspace In Your Home

If you follow me on Instagram, I've been posting about my Bee Creative Swaps 30 Creativity Challenge progress here and there. Some of challenge prompts have been more exciting and transformative than others so I thought I'd pick a few posts to reflect on my favorite parts. One of the first things that I did was clean up my desk and work space.

 THE BEFORE

THE AFTER

I'm so glad this challenge finally pushed me to take care of this little area! It was quite a mess for a long time. I hardy ever actually worked at my desk because it had just turned into a big shelf. I did really buy much of anything other than $6 worth of shelves at Ikea. Really I just moved a bunch of stuff around and gave a few things away and it really made all the difference.





I do a lot of scrapbooking which is where most of my little keepsakes go, but I keep out a few postcards or pictures that give me inspiration or make me feel happy to see everyday. I still do larger projects at our dining room table, but for computer work, sketching, scrapbooking, or smaller projects I like my little inspiration corner.


I have had the same desk since I was 12 and it has served me well. It was left in our house when we moved when I was in middle school so I have no idea how old it actually is.



I know my little workspace isn't as amazing or beautiful as other people's, but it's a cute little nook in my cute little apartment. It's mine and I like it. 

I have a few more projects from this swap I'll be sharing in more detail. With a little less than 2 weeks left, I've really been enjoying the process and the journey! I hope you're creating along with us. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Bee Creative Swaps 30 Day Creativity Challenge


So a little over 4 years ago (what?!) I decided to do a 30 day artist challenge to feel rejuvenated and inspired creatively speaking. I thought trying out this "creative cleanse" would be the perfect way to kick off 2017. I don't know about you, but I stink at New Years resolutions and would rather partake in something that helps me start off my year on a good note rather than something that feels self-deprecating (hello guilty feelings for not getting to my goal weight.) I teamed up with Lizette and we turned it into a fun project for Bee Creative Swaps! There's no swap element with this challenge, but we thought it would be a great way to stay connected to the lovely community we've created. So here it is! The Bee Creative Swaps 30 Day Creativity Challenge...
How It Works: In no particular order, choose one thing from the list each day. The list ranges from quick, simple exercises to longer endeavors like taking a class or visiting a museum. Post a picture of yourself or your project on Instagram with the tag #beecreative30days so we can keep up with everyone! We know things get a little hectic and there might be a day you don’t have time for creative activities which is why we planned a 30 day challenge during a 31 day month.

1. Visit a museum, gallery, or local art festival
2. Watch a documentary about a(n) artist(s)
3. Research an artist
4. Create something handmade and give it to someone
5. Sign up for an art class or workshop
6. Take something from a thrift store and turn it into something new
7. Make a self-portrait
8. Doodle for 10 minutes straight
9. Frame something you have been meaning to frame
10. Draw the dream you had last night
11. Check out an art book at the library
12. Break something. (You have to destroy in order to create!)
13. Make a collage
14. Go to a movie, play, or concert.
15. Make a card for someone you love
16. Make an inspiration board for a future project
17. Draw some chalk art on the sidewalk
18. Make origami
19. Finger paint
20. Illustrate a song that inspires you
21. Find a new art blog or inspiring podcast to subscribe to
22. Share a link to your favorite artists work
23. Create an inspiring workspace in your home
24. Close your eyes and draw for five minutes
25. Draw yourself as a cartoon
26. Take your camera with you on a walk and document the experience
27. Finish a work-in-progress you've had sitting around for a while
28. Listen to a new artist or album. Music can inspire you!
29. Color in a coloring book
30. Purge something to make space for new ideas.



I hope you'll join us and make 2017 your most creative yet!